Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Form, philosophy: traditionally antonym of matter or content. See also statue/clay, exterior/interior, wholes, parts, dualism, substance, substrate, change, process. - In logic it comes to the form in which statements must be expressed in order to allow conclusions. See also fine-grained/coarse-grained, completeness, theories, systems, formalism.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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GLU 59
Form/medium/Luhmann: medium is characterized through loose coupling of its elements - e.g. sand - Form: tight coupling of the elements - E.g. footprint in the sand.
AU Kass 10
Medium/form/Luhmann: viable systems must be loosely coupled. - Sentences: are forms in the medium of language (= vocabulary) - words: form in the medium of sound or visual designs.
Medium/Luhmann: 1. A medium can only be reproduced through morphogenesis - (if you never form sentences, you would forget the words) - 2. The medium is more stable than the morphogenesis - objects can disappear. - In the medium we always see something new - E.g. power as a medium is used to arrange something specific (form).

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N. Luhmann
Einführung in die Systemtheorie Heidelberg 1992

Lu I
N. Luhmann
Die Kunst der Gesellschaft Frankfurt 1997

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